The Nature Connection is delighted to announce receipt of a $10,000 grant from The Goodwin Foundation of Grand Junction. This funding will be invested in purchasing a large Huckwagons mountain bike trailer. The trailer will enable The Nature Connection to transport bikes from its fleet of over 100 bikes to outdoor gear hubs in Hotchkiss, Crawford, Cedaredge, Delta and Olathe.
Area youth will be able to enjoy these bikes, along with tents, sleeping bags, stand-up paddleboards, and other gear, when participating in outdoor programming with The Nature Connection and partners. "Because of the generosity and commitment to the community by The Goodwin Foundation," says executive director Kat Fitzpatrick, "we are now able to get our bikes to places where kids can use them, and turn our programming dreams into a reality for the community. Thank you, Goodwin Foundation for your support towards our mission of promoting healthy lifestyles in Delta County and Olathe."
The grant was received in partnership with the Interpretive Association of Western Colorado.
The Nature Connection, the hub for outdoor education for Delta County and Olathe, offers K-12 curriculum-based programs that take youth out to local public lands for hands-on science and outdoor skill instruction. TNC received a $1.7 million Great Outdoors Colorado grant in 2017. The organization is housed under the Delta County School District, and supported by the Western Colorado Community Foundation, the towns of Olathe, Cedaredge, Paonia, Hotchkiss, and Crawford, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Interpretive Association of Western Colorado, Delta County Library District, and other public, private, and nonprofit entities. For more information see thenatureconnection.net.